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Medicinal Garden Visit

Date:29 March 2018

Place of Visit:Malad East

Faculty:: Dr. Iram Nazish, Ms. Faiza Shaikh

Students:Second Year: 46

Naturopathy:Dr. Raj Merchant

A visit was organized to ‘Dr. Raj Merchant’s – Naturopathy (Medicinal Garden)’ at Malad East on 29th March 2018 for second year B. Pharm students. Forty-six students and two teachers visited the site. The aim was to show the students proper methods for managing medicinal plants in a garden and to provide information on plants that could be suitable for their gardens and for any pathological diseases. Dr. Raj Merchant showed the students and teachers various medicinal plants maintained in the herbal plant section of the site and highlighted their importance, usefulness, and significance. They also encouraged students to disseminate medicinal plant-related information to other students the college. The students and the teachers all enjoyed the visit and found it informative and useful.

Importance of some herbs with their medicinal values

  • Herbs such as black pepper, cinnamon, myrrh, aloe, sandalwood, ginseng, red clover, burdock, bayberry, and safflower are used to heal wounds, sores and boils.
  • Some herbs are also having antibiotic properties. Turmeric is useful in inhibiting the growth of germs, harmful microbes and bacteria. Turmeric is widely used as a home remedy to heal cut and wounds.
  • Ginger and cloves are used in certain cough syrups. They are known for their expectorant property, which promotes the thinning and ejection of mucus from the lungs, trachea and bronchi. Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Wild cherry and cloves are also expectorants.

These herbal products are today being the symbol of safety in contrast to the synthetic drugs, that are regarded as unsafe to human being and environment. Although herbs had been priced for their medicinal, flavouring and aromatic qualities for centuries, the synthetic products of the modern age surpassed their importance, for a while. However, the blind dependence on synthetics is over and people are returning to the naturals with hope of safety and security. It’s time to promote them globally.

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